Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Dish

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 7.8 x 37 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Chu Dau kilns, Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.91

Description

Blue and white dish with iron wash on broad base, raised edge of the narrow flat rim and footrim unglazed. Decorated with a multi-petaled flower and four leafy sprays on central medallion enclosed by petal border, alternating four-petaled flower and leafy tendril on cavetto, classic scroll on flat rim, large lotus panels on exterior.
Clay: light grey stoneware.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 23, 2003) Dishes of this type with a multi-petaled spray (either peony or chrysanthemum) on interior center, were found in the Hoi An shipwreck, a 15th–16th century cargo that carried mainly ceramics made in the Chu Dau kilnsites in Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam; in addition to some Thai storage jars. It was discovered off Cu Lao Cham Island in the area of Hoi An town, an ancient trading port in Quang Nam province, Central Vietnam, with over 150,000 intact ceramics on board (Butterfields 2000, vol. 2, 55, pl. 835).

Butterfields. 2000. Treasures from the Hoi An Hoard. 2 vols. San Francisco and Los Angeles: Butterfields.


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